The grade profile of A-level applicants offered places in Industrial Design in 2013/14 was: 90th percentile- AAA/A, and 10th percentile- BBB/C.
The Polytechnic GPAs of Polytechnic applicants offered places in Industrial Design in 2013/14 was: 90th percentile- 3.99, and 10th percentile- 3.57.
A-Levels (with H1/H2/H3 Results): Pass in at least 2 subjects at H2 level; Pass in General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI); H1 pass in Chemistry, or Mathematics, or Physics, or pass in O-Level Add Math.
Diplomas (excluding Advanced Diplomas/ Specialist Diplomas/ Certificate Courses) from local Polytechnics. Pass in E Maths attained at GCE O-Level.
International qualification: Year 12 or higher level Chemistry, or Mathematics, or Physics.
Yes, please refer to the list of Advanced Placement Credits (APCs) granted to diploma holders from local polytechnics. It is possible for diploma holders who are given APC in design modules (ID 1103 and ID 1104) to complete the BA(Industrial Design) course in 3 years.
All shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an interview at the Division. Before the interview candidates undertake a short design exercise. The exercise is discussed during the interview – it is not an exam!
No, you do not need to have a portfolio. However, if you are invited to attend the admissions interview, if you have a portfolio (or any creative material such as photographs, drawings, paintings, making hobbies etc.) – please bring it with you.
Although it is beneficial for applicants to know how to draw, it is not a prerequisite as drawing is only one of many components needed in the course. Also, it is a skill which you will be taught on the programme, and you can practice to further improve.
Industrial Design graduates may become industrial designers, design managers, product managers and innovation consultants amongst other positions. It is also possible for industrial designers to rise to corporate leadership levels in the areas of creative innovation or design. Armed with design, business and engineering knowledge, many graduates are well-positioned to serve industrial R&D companies, design consultancies, service sectors, marketing sectors and government agencies as well as in education. The broad-based nature of the curriculum has successfully provided graduates with career choices in design, and design related professions.
Our graduates have taken up desirable work positions or projects from Asus, Dell, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, Tupperware, Osim, Risis, HTC, Nokia, Ligne Roset, SCDF, Singapore Airlines, Microsoft, Nike, etc. They have also been instrumental designers behind major flagship products that are released by some of these companies in the market.
Often, industrial designers also start their own company in design or related areas. Some examples of startups by our graduates are OutofStock Design, Studio Juju, Design Insight, Cilicon Faytory, Studio Juju, and Hans Tan Studio.